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It’s back to school time!

It is hard to believe that summer is over and it is time to get everyone back into school mode. There are many important things that you and your child can do to make it an enjoyable and positive experience for the whole family.

The following health and safety tips are summarized from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). To read the whole article follow this link: https://healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx

  • First Day Jitters- Remind your child that this is normal and that many other kids feel the same way. Point out all of the positives of returning to school including seeing old friends and making new ones.
  • Back Pack- The backpack should never weigh more than 10-20% of your child’s body weight. Always use both straps and adjust the pack so it fits your child accordingly.
    • Traveling to and from school- Remember to review the basic rules with your child.
    • School bus: Make sure your child knows their bus number and the right bus stop to get off at.
    • Car: All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat. All children younger than 13 years of age are safer in the rear seat of vehicles. For more detailed information visit https://healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx . It is also important to remember that many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. Have open conversation with your teen about the importance of limiting driver distraction.
    • Bike: Always wear a helmet no matter the distance! Teach your kids the “rules of the road”. Wearing bright colors is also beneficial.
    • Walking: Make sure your child knows the route and that it is safe with well- trained adult crossing guards at each intersection. Identify other children in the neighborhood and organize a group of them to walk together.
  • Meal Planning
    • Breakfast- Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better and have more energy throughout the day.
    • Lunch: Plan with your child in advance whether they will pack a lunch or buy at the cafeteria. Review healthy choices and options often.
  • Homework and Study Habits: Create a consistent work space in an environment, without distraction, that promotes study. Be available to answer questions and offer assistance and/or supervise when needed.
  • Sleep: Establish a good sleep routine. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents (13-18 years of age) is 8-10 hours per night. Check out the following link to see how much sleep your child needs. https://healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/sleep/Pages/Healthy-Sleep-Habits-How-Many-Hours-Does-Your-Child-Need.aspx

 

Have a great year and as always Stapleton Pediatrics is here if ever you need!!

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